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First time heading to Bass Lake and will be targeting its norderns. Not sure if I want to try the upper basin with its deeper/gravel/sand or the lower basin's shallower/weedier offering. Any known ice trouble spots? Any thickness reports?

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jigglestick

the north end out off of the north access by pincherry resort is pretty good for BIG hog northerns.

i dont know how thta lake can keep kicking them out.

all i can figure is that the river system keeps restocking the lake.

I hear of 15 - 20 pounders being taken out of there often in the winter.

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j

Nice to know... thanx jigglestick. Are you referring to the shoreline in front of pincherry or the north side shoreline of the north basin? I was pondering hitting the humps on the nw side of, is it crawford island, in the north basin.

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jigglestick

J,

I have only speared out in front of the access. that whole basin has to be good to go in my opinion.

I think the reason every body ends up on the access side is that they are the first ones out there fishing and dont venture any farther than they have to on early ice. pluss, it's much easier to get the houses off if the deep snows come.

the whole north basin has some very good contours.

have a ball!

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j

Thanx for the response, jigglestick. Hopefully one(or two) of them big gators will show its face to me!!! Good luck to you this hard-water season!

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bmc

As usual jigglestick hit the nail on the head. On the north end you'll have good luck w/ smaller gators and a good chance at icing a piggy! Lots of tulibees/whitefish in there to grow big gators. I've never heard of people catching any big one's on the south end, but imagine they are there as well. I know I've caught my fair share of smaller one's out there icing bluegills.

Brian

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j

Well, smaller ones is exactly what we came across. Fun outing all the same. Sat in front of the access/pincherries with 9" of ice. Real slushy in spots heading into the narrows with the sled. Half dozen shacks in each spot... one shack that looked to be out on the humps off the island. I believe that there should be some pigs in there, just didn't make contact.

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CALVINIST

I'll be staying at a resort on the south basin of Bass this coming weekend. Mostly targeting panfish, but would also like to target some eyes. Anybody have any suggestions on where to find 'em? Not looking for spots, per se, just general clues like depth, structure, etc.

Thanks!!!

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Hookmaster

The only time I fished it was in March and we caught some nice gills in the weeds about 7-8 feet deep.

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fishuhalik

My uncle get's 'em on a nice point/break in about 12 fow. His shack has a spearing hole in it along w/ a couple of angling holes, and he cuts out the spearing hole and sight fishes. Mainly he's after gills but he'll usually catch a couple eyes every night. He just sits there w/ his gill stick till some eyes come in and then he drops down a jigging spoon w/ a fathead

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piker007

Where is this lake? Im lookin for a lake to go up to this weekend for pike and would like to try this one. Thanks Erik

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stinkweed129

Piker007 - it's near Cohasset (just North of there). In case you don't know, Cohasset is just a few miles West of Grand Rapids.

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kingkobbla

Anyone been out after some gills?

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